Family affair: Miami (Ohio) DB Deland McCullough II transferring to IU

It’s becoming a family affair for the McCulloughs at Indiana.

Deland McCullough II, the son of IU running backs coach Deland McCullough, announced Saturday he’s transferring to IU from Miami (Ohio).

Not only does the 6-foot-1, 192-pound defensive back join his father’s program, but Deland II’s younger brother, Daeh, a defensive back at Bloomington South, is committed to IU in the 2023 class.

Deland McCullough II is the second player from Miami (Ohio) to join the Hoosiers in the last week. Tight end James Bomba, an alum of Bloomington South, announced he is coming to IU as a preferred walk-on. McCullough, on the other hand, joins the program on scholarship.

McCullough appeared in three games in two seasons with Miami (Ohio), which is Deland’s alma mater. Deland II recorded one tackle as a true freshman in 2019 but ended up redshirting that year.

In high school, Deland McCullough II started his career at Bloomington North before following his father to California and then Kansas. As a recruit out of Blue Valley North, McCullough was rated as a three-star athlete. He held scholarship offers from several Mid-American schools, but IU and Southern California — two schools where Deland had worked — extended offers during the process.

Kentucky and Rutgers offered, as well.

With Daeh and Deland II in the mix, that leaves only one of-age brother not committed to IU. But Dasan, a senior-to-be at Bloomington South, is slated to be in the Big Ten, currently committed to Ohio State as a four-star linebacker in the 2022 class.


  1. Well, isn’t this interesting. Speculation will continue to grow about Dasan flipping from OSU to IU, but as much as I think he should, I doubt that he will. At least until Dason gets to OSU and realizes there are six or seven players at his position that are just as good, if not better than he is, competing for playing time. He may have to wait two years before he sees the field. And with each new OSU recruiting class, there will be two more players with equally high ratings coming trying to take his place on the depth chart. That level of competition is great for OSU FB, but it’s not so great for many highly talented recruits who would get more playing time and exposure playing at other schools.

    DMII made a good decision. He’ll have better coaching and better facilities through which to develop. IU has good DB talent, but it’s not like TA signs two or three 4 and 5-star DBs in every recruiting class. And if DMII is good, he’ll get a lot more exposure. His size is good, especially if he adds five pounds of muscle. I have no idea about his speed, but having gotten offers from KY and Rutgers suggests that he was considered fast enough for Power-five conference schools.

  2. It is good to see him come to IU. He has the size to play DB in the B1G and we will see if he develops into a player that can get into the rotation. The more McColloughs at IU the better and it makes it seem more like a family on the team.

    We never know who will help out the team but it is always good having Bomba and McCollough transferring to IU. Now lets find out who the transfer DTs and any others coming to IU this Fall.

  3. Yes, we need two or three DTs to transfer. Suddenly, we’re thin at that position.

  4. Well, based on the latest news, we can disregard my previous comments posted above.

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